After Pettit’s apology, a Twitter follower was skeptical upon hearing my words of acceptance on television last night. He didn’t believe Pettit’s apology was authentic. He thought Pettit was only falling on his sword because he got caught. And he wondered why the others chanting the racist song weren’t also asking forgiveness. I get that sentiment. But watching Pettit, the reason is clear. He is the only one with enough guts to meet with those he offended, apologize to them and do so publicly. Pettit will be making amends for the rest of his life. His efforts should be met with open minds and open hearts.